I haven’t seen anyone talking about this fantastic article about indie games in China, so I thought I’d share it here:
A lot of times on the pod I’ve heard the crew not having a frame of reference for gaming in China, so I thought this would be worth a read to give one perspective on the issue from people who live or have lived there. The authors of the newsletter also aren’t all a part of the video games press so it’s nice to see these issues from another perspective.
Some neat looking stuff here, excited to take a look at some of it
God damn, someone did it. They made the substack aimed directly at me. Thank you for pointing this article and this newsletter out to me. Chinese internet and meme culture/discourse is extremely wild and, yes, as they describe it, “cursed”. Definitely check out their articles on small Chinese town articles on Wikipedia and Advanced Lesbianism for a taste of what these writers are like.
I will not, of course, be subscribing to their substack because everything they do is actually mirrored at their main website, chaoyangtrap.house.
Chaoyang Trap House just released the second part to their mini-zine(?) text-based “podcast”(?) on Chinese gaming culture, this time about old Flash games and the legendary iQue Player. The gem of the article is this absolutely wild 2005 print ad for the iQue based on a 1920s era pin-up poster from Shanghai:
The text reads 为何她如此高兴？因为她在情人节收到了男友送的神游机。︀"Why does she look so happy? Because she received a Divine Gaming Machine (Chinese name for iQue Player) from her boyfriend on Valentine’s Day."
There’s a real web 1.0 vibe around this that I love. That name as well is sending me.